What grades are offered by Tennessee Virtual Academy?
TNVA offers full-time enrollment for grades K–8.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, history are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, and physical education.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly and are dependent on the student's grade and courses.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law.
Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests and other assignments in a timely manner.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform students about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Attending school online requires both time online as well as time offline to successfully complete required lessons. Some students find the amount of time required to be in front of a computer daunting. The amount of time students spend on the computer is in part dependent on their grade level. K–8 students spend less time in front of a computer while students in grades 9–12 will spend nearly their entire school day online.
Our online courses also require students to work independently offline with their textbooks and other educational materials. This work requires the oversight of a dedicated Learning Coach, especially when students are in the early elementary years. Without the time commitment of a dedicated adult, students may be less likely to be successful in an online learning environment.
What does it cost to attend Tennessee Virtual Academy?
Because we are part of the public school system, TNVA is tuition-free. The K12 curriculum materials are provided at no cost. Common household items and school supplies like pencils and paper are not provided. A computer and internet access are required to access the curriculum and attend classes.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on your child's IEP, we should be able to tailor our curriculum to meet your child's needs. See below for additional information about rights and responsibilities regarding the education of a child on an IEP:
If you suspect that your child may have an unidentified disability, please view this document [PDF]. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in school outings, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums and parks, student clubs, and more. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no other intrusions into your home.